April 19, 2009’s Sermon
The Decalogue Exodus 20
One of the greatest events in history was the giving of the Law. The Law was
not given so that keeping it would attain righteousness (Rom. 3:20a; Gal. 3:11).
Acceptance by God has always been only by faith (Gen. 15:6; Rom. 4:3, 22;
5:1; Gal. 2:16; 3:6, 21). The purpose of the Law is to show our sinfulness
(Rom. 3:19-20b; 7:7) in contrast to God’s standards of holiness and
righteousness, and to condemn mankind. The Law in Exodus has three parts:
The Decalogue (Ex. 20:1-21); the civil and religious ordinances (20:22-24:11),
and ceremonial laws (24:12-31:18).